BY BARRY WARNER
The Suffern High School Robotics Team has qualified to compete as one of 128 teams in the F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri during the week of April 24, 2016. The mission of the program is to inspire young people to be leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based activities that build (STEM) science, technology, engineering and math skills.
Mentor and Robotics Coach George Mugno said, “The 2016 game called ‘F.I.R.S.T. Res-Q’ is modeled after rescue stations faced by mountain explorers all over the globe. Robots will score points by completing tasks that include clearing debris on the playing field that measures 12 square feet, delivering rescue climbers to a shelter, parking on the mountain, parking in the rescue beacon repair zone and hanging on the pull-up bar within a certain time limit. Funding to support the team included The Ramapo Central School District, The Suffern Syborgs Booster Club plus sponsors UPS and The Northeast Astronomy Forum.”
Members of the team in grades 9-12 who built and programmed the #7486 robot to operate in the floor game include Tim, Fadi, Neil, Alex, Darwin, Abby, Neha, Michael, Brian, Ethan, Bobby and Marcus. The World Robotic Championship will be a great opportunity for these Suffern High School students to display their technical knowledge and teamwork in the upcoming event.